What are the best dive sites in Albania
Probably the most popular place to dive in Albania is the city of Sarande, closely followed by Durres and Vlorë. The waters of this country are relatively poorly explored — the Adriatic and Ionian seas hold many secrets, as for a long time, diving in them was forbidden. For example, near Porto Palermo (a few dozen kilometers north of Sarande) there is a bay with a promontory (a small hill) topped with a fortified castle. It was here that Ali Pasha built the Tepelene fortress in the 19th century. As early as 20 years ago, this bay was a closed military area. Today, diving is welcomed, and even encouraged.
There is also a two-chamber cave there, and in it you can find a beautiful purple sea anemones, or a huge repository of ammunition that was abandoned there years ago. There are grenades, artillery shells, and lots of rifle ammunition. Time glued the munitions together and faded their colors in to those that resemble the rocks they lay on. Various fish, such as scorpions and nudibranches, can often be seen peeking out between the ammunition. During dives in Albania, you can often come across snail Felimare cantabrica. In between dives, we recommend taking a small hike and visiting the fortress of Ali Pasha. The view is fantastic.
Albania is a country where you can be sure that you will find very tasty food for not a lot of money (and that's a good thing, because we all know that after diving: we love to eat). This is a country that is gorgeous to drive through, serves amazing food, and offers awesome diving experiences. If you're looking for a great place to dive and have an all-around great time, look no further than Albania!